I'm an 'empty nester' and love it! I work part time and like that! I'm rather independent and don't mind my own company (that's OK most of the time). I NEED my me time! I'm healthy (for the most part). I have hobbies, friends, and lots of things I like to do. I live near Lake Michigan and can go to the beach anytime I want. So why am I not taking advantage of this great time in my life to enjoy the activities I want to do....or am I?
|the Zippin Pippin-Elvis Presley loved this roller coaster|
I have 9 grandchildren, from almost 2 to 12 years of age. To be honest, I am not much of a 'kid person'...I just don't have the patience for children...unless they are my grandkids. Most of them live 1-2 hours away, so I don't see them as much as I'd like to. Just like everyone else, they are busy. Their (excellent) mom's have them participating in dance, sports, scouts, and other such organized activities for children. Three of my grandsons live in town and I have been spending a lot of time with the 2 older boys (7 & 8). Last year I didn't do much with them, but this year I can't get away from them....(it has been my choice so don't get me wrong). It seems as if I am with them 2-3 times a week. Saturday morning I picked up the 2 boys and met my son and DIL at an amusement park. It's not huge but it is greatly affordable, most rides are .50 and the biggest ride is $1.00. We were armed with 240 tickets (at .25 each) that the boys had leftover from a visit earlier in the week.
|feeding our feathered friends - free fun!|
|bumper cars -2nd favorite ride (after the Zippin Pippin)|
|S is a really good helper|
Grandson S and I set up this tent for the boys to play in.
Sunday afternoon I wanted to go to the open house at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. I was planning to go alone, but the boys were still with me ....and they decided to go along with me.
Founded in 1880, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company is essentially the centerpiece of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Not only is the factory building located in the middle of the city, but practically everyone in the community either worked there at one time or knows someone who had.
Hamilton manufactured a bunch of stuff at one time; ranging from electric dryers to drafting tables to wood type. Nowadays the firm is a pale, divisional shadow of what they were in their height, but they've stuck around..
Sadly this former huge employer (where hubby and SIL worked) is leaving our community later this year)
|a few of the items formerly manufactured|
|this mini dryer never went into production|
it's about the size of a microwave-see in photo below
|lots of lab and school equipment was manufactured there|
|making a print|
|observing engraving with the pantograph|
|samples of some of the wood type|
|the prints the boys made|
|remembering our war heroes|
Some of the murals lining the ceiling.
These are just some of the local sights to see in the town where I live. Add these to your list if you come to visit.